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Celebrating 35 years of seniors’ programming

September 10, 2009

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During its first year in 1974, fewer than 30 seniors took advantage of SFU’s Seniors Program, which offered undergraduate credit courses for people aged 60 and older. Today, the Program hosts more than 50 non-credit courses a year for some 2,000 seniors. It also provides academic advising and support for more than 60 seniors attending undergraduate and graduate credit courses.

Philosophy, political science, history, music, English and opera are particularly popular, according to program coordinator Julian Benedict. There are also several certificate programs, including the non-credit Certificate in the Liberal Arts and the for-credit Certificate for Senior Citizens.

A free celebration on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1 pm in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre at the Vancouver campus will commemorate 35 years of lifelong learning at SFU. It will include a speech from Ida Chong, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, and a special presentation of a new program outreach DVD, Democracy in the 21st century: The Intent and the Reality. For more information visit: www.sfu.ca/seniors or call: 778.782.5212.

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